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Key to the City

An Oakland Original Names the Best of the Bay

Key to the City BY leah bhabha 05/16/2018

 

Victoria Young grew up as a crafty kid in Oakland, appreciating the funky, earthy vibe of the Bay Area. Though she's called Brooklyn home for almost a decade, the jewelry designer recalls buying snacks from street vendors on the streets of Berkeley, and the wide-open feeling of the West Coast landscape is still close to her heart, and she goes back at least once a year to get her fix. Here, she shared with us some of her favorite spots in Oakland, where she heads when she’s back home visiting her dad.

 

Eat

 

TAQUERIA LAS COMADRES

“This is one of my favorite nostalgic joints from growing up in the Montclair neighborhood of Oakland. They have a huge list of burritos and make all their own salsa.”

 

BAKESALE BETTY

“Go here for delicious chicken sandwiches and the cool outdoor atmosphere.”

 

BURMA SUPERSTAR

“There’s always a wait, but this yummy Burmese restaurant is totally worth it! Nestled in the same cute Temescal area, it's a neighborhood must-go and always worth the wait. One of my favorite things to do is grab a bar spot with good company and their tea leaf salad (made of fermented tea) and all the things served with coconut rice.”

 

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Do Things

 

THE FOX THEATER

“Growing up in the East Bay, The Fox—and The Greek Theatre in neighboring Berkeley—were our lifelines to live music.”

 

GRIZZLY PEAK LOOKOUT

“Taking a drive up the winding roads to Grizzly Peak gives you expansive views of the East Bay and San Francisco. For me, it’s another nostalgic adventure we’d do frequently growing up.”

 

LAKE MERRITT

“Over the years, Lake Merritt has really blossomed into one of the city’s go-to spots, with beautiful views of the hills and downtown.”

 

TEMESCAL ALLEYS AND LAKE TEMESCAL

“From cute shops to great restaurants, the Temescal area borders Rockridge, another Oakland neighborhood favorite. Temescal Alley is one of the cutest nooks off well-known Telegraph Avenue and home to one of my favorite jewelry stores, Esqueleto. Temescal is also home to the regional park of Lake Temescal, which has a stone beach house and lake for swimming.”

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